Loving the new addition to google read & write:
An amazing new feature on Google Read & Write will record students reading a text that you provide to them on the computer & then send the recording of the student reading to you on your Google Classroom. Awesome way to assess students in fluency. Be sure to check this new feature out!
mystery google hangouts!
View the complete Mystery Google Hangout document here.
Thanks to all of the teachers and classes who helped us start our hangouts! Now we would like to pay it forward and help other classes get started.
Send me a message if you would like to connect with my Grade 7 class online! They are loving the Mystery Google Hangouts!
It is that busy time of year again when I am presenting and sharing with other staff, but also off to learn from other educators from near & far. This year's focus...and an ongoing focus for me, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP. This past week I shared with the teacher's in my school board in three separate presentations. Each was geared to a different division. Feel free to check them out here:
Primary Digital Citizenship
Junior Digital Citizenship
Intermediate Digital Citizenship
At the Google Summit in Kitchener on April 9th, I will be presenting with Julie Balen about Digital Citizenship in Ontario. If you are at the Summit, be sure to check the schedule for updates, but as of now we are presenting at 10am in Rm.201. I hope to see you there!
Digital Citizenship in Ontario
Today was we day in Ottawa...my students were excited to watch the live stream...
We knew Prime Minister Trudeau would be speaking in the afternoon. Then we RECEIVED an invitation...
We thought...why not? So we asked...
Then we watched...
It was exciting, but the kids wanted to know why he didn't answer our question.
And that is why I love twitter in my classroom.
Every year I go to the Bring IT Together conference. I started five years ago when it was still the ECOO conference in Richmond Hill. I think this year, more than any other, I realized how important it is for all educators in Ontario to attend this conference.
Obviously I have a certain comfort level with technology (hence the blog), but I don’t think that technology is at the heart of this conference.
Yes, technology is the glue that binds the conference together. It is the conduit that is used to share our knowledge and share, create and engage with our students, however, it is not about the technology.
I think in many ways, the perceived focus on technology is the thing that keeps some of my counterparts away. In many ways, they fear the tool more than the pedagogy.
From now on, when I advertise the conference to my peers I will not sell them on the tools, but instead I will talk about the inspiration, the passion and the sources.
What I truly mean is that the best sales pitch I could give for this conference is to talk about the amazing people I connect with every year.
I will talk about how Sandra McLarnon (@SandraMcLarnon) was literally shouting with joy, while holding her dogeared, highlighted copy of Invent to Learn, as Sylvia Martinez (@smartinez) was speaking about the Maker Movement.
I will share how Alison Bullock’s (@aliringbull) teary eyed description of her student’s engagement in her novel study almost brought me to tears.
I will describe the pride Sandra Chow (@watnunu) has in her students, her school and the amazing work they are doing with mathematics and technology.
I will show the book I received from Alanna King (@banana29), who organized a fantastic #bit15 book club and brought books to share and inspire others.
You see, technology conferences are not simply about the technology. They are about the people, the sharing and the passion. I leave each year feeling inspired and that is how I will advertise this conference to Ontario Educators.
Thank you all for an amazing #BIT15.
I spent the end of the week at the BIT15 Technology conference in Niagara Falls. There was so much information! Here is a small sampling of some of the workshops that were offered, from those presenters who posted their resources on the Lanyrd Site. Presenter information is on each link or more information is available on the Lanyrd link.
Online Quiz games:
Amazing use of technology in Math Slideshow :
Making Students Doers of Math:
Presentation Summary: Rethink Listening
Sketchnoting for Beginners:
Technology in FDK
Digital Portfolio for JK/SK
STEM with ICT & 21st Century Learning
STEM with Lego:
The Big Sift: Information Literacy
Research & Feedback:
Engaging Learners in a Connected World
As many of you know, I've made a change this school year. I'm back in the classroom. After 4 years being our school's teacher-librarian, I am back teaching a wonderful class of grade 7 students. I am also fortunate enough to be able to continue my work as a Special Education Resource Teacher when my class is on rotary.
I loved being a teacher-librarian and feel very fortunate to have had that experience. Without that time, I do not believe I would have made the connections that have helped me develop into a teacher who now feels comfortable incorporating technology into my classroom. I have gotten past the idea that technology is the learning and progressed to using it as a conduit for learning.
I am having so much fun using technology to connect my students with the world around them. I am having so much fun trying new things and learning from my successes but also my frequent failures.
I truly believe that you must be excited and adventurous in your teaching practice. If you are excited, students feel that excitement. If you are trying something new, students will also take risks. My students know that I often try new things and sometimes they fail but sometimes they are amazing learning opportunities.
So far, we are loving the online connections we are making through Student Vote and soon, the Global Read Aloud. We are looking forward to some Mystery Skype/Google Hangouts in the near future with new found friends in Alberta, B.C., California, New Hampshire and Illinois.
My class is tweeting about our adventures: @7ATweets
Please follow along & be sure to connect with me if you wish to try some online collaboration with my gang.
More pictures & updates to come soon!
weekend summary & resources!
Be sure to check back throughout the weekend, as I update my notes below & share.
Here the the two links to my presentations:
Saturday, Session 2 - 11:30 - 12:30 - Rm.201 - Google Classroom 101
Sunday, Session 8 - 2:15 - 3:15 - Rm.206 - Tips & Tricks to Get you Going!
Follow along as I take my notes throughout the summit:
What do you use or suggest for your students to use, to demonstrate knowledge in Math? I would love to hear your suggestions...here is my list. Send me a message on twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My list of Ways to Demonstrate your Knowledge in Math
Instructions to add multiple users in Chrome. Great if you have multiple people in your household with Chrome accounts!
Adding Multiple Users in Chrome
Also, have you seen the Learn Style icon that has been added to the UGCloud homepage. Learn Style provides great training videos, resources & strategies for students. This company provides computer training for our computers with ministry funded computer equipment. Click on their icon below to check it out!
WELCOME to my blog!
Please follow along on my journey. I am an Ontario elementary school teacher who loves to learn new things! I love to share, collaborate and learn from others, so please keep in touch!